George Washington Carver Free Printable
George Washington Carver was born an African American slave a year before slavery was outlawed. He left home at a young age to pursue education and would eventually earn a master’s degree in agricultural science from Iowa State University. He would go on to teach and conduct research at Tuskegee University for decades.
Carver’s early interest in botany led to his development of crop rotation practices, which he taught to farmers using a horse-drawn wagon. Rotating and combining crops improved the soil and made farms more productive and sustainable. He invented more than 300 products from peanuts and sweet potatoes, from flour to medicines! Contrary to popular belief, he did not invent peanut butter.
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Featured image by Charles Henry Alston, 1907-1977, Artist (NARA record: 3569253) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain